The Giants are facing a short week, with two games in five days this week. First, they will host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and then the Redskins will be coming in right behind them on Thursday. It will be a real challenge for a team that has yet to field it's full starting lineup this year and hasn't been able to gel on either side of the ball.
Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked if this week was filled with preparations for both opponents.
"Well, at the end of the week, the coaches have got to get ready for the basics of special teams and then first and second downs," he said. "From this afternoon until tomorrow evening or however you want to say it, they will have some opportunity to spend some time on just some preliminary things, so we can get going on Monday morning to formulate a game plan. Everybody has their own responsibilities and they have to be ready to go on Monday."
He said the coaches will not burden the players with any Washington stuff until Monday: "There’s no information, it’s all Atlanta, that’s the key obviously."
On Sunday, the Super Bowl XXV Champions will be honored during a special halftime ceremony on the field, and a number of events and special tributes throughout the game, to celebrate one of the most successful teams in franchise history. Former Giants head coach and pro football hall of famer Bill Parcells, along with Giants legends Carl Banks, Ottis Anderson, Jeff Hostetler and Lawrence Taylor, will headline a long list of players and coaches from the 1990 team who will be in attendance.
Coughlin was the Giants' WR coach on that team, and with all the old cronies coming back to town, he was asked if it would be a distraction for him.
"My wife is going to be able to see some of the coaches’ wives and stuff like that, but I don’t. Hopefully I’ll see some guys on Sunday," he said. "It’s a good group of coaches, good group of players, and it was a fun opportunity."
Now isn't really a good time for Coughlin to be reminiscing, with all of the distraction these current Giants are experiencing, he is no frame of mind to elaborate on his first Super Bowl experience twenty-five years ago.
"I’m not much of a reflector," he said.